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April 20th, 2015

Clay County Circuit term wraps up

April 20, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The April term of Clay County Circuit Court concluded Friday, and the term saw trials and sentences for aggravated assault, burglary, drug charges and murder.
Tammy Ott White, 52, of Cedar Bluff, received a 20 year sentence on three counts of sale of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Of the 20 years, 17 were suspended and White will be required to serve three years in Mississippi Department of Corrections and pay $250 in restitution with a $1,000 fine.

WP to participate in Great American Cleanup May 2

April 20, 2015

BY WILLIAM CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

If you want to get down and dirty with your local elected officials in West Point, Saturday May 2 may be your opportunity as part of Great American Cleanup Day. The event, which will be a joint effort of the City of West Point and the West Point Clay County Community Growth Alliance in partnership with Keep Mississippi Beautiful will begin at 9 a.m. May 2.

April 17th

Two men indicted in Huddle House beating

April 17, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Two men were indicted by the Clay County grand jury on aggravated assault charges this week in relation to alleged beating from August in the Huddle House parking lot in West Point.
Courtez McMillian, 23, of Okolona, and Marquavious McMillian were arrested on August in connection with an alleged assault that left West Point man Ralph Weems IV with a brain injury, and were arraigned Wednesday.

Early College High School nearing fall opening

April 17, 2015

BY WILLIAM CARROLL
editor@dailtyimesleader.com

The Early College High School at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle Campus is nearing the final stages of an application process which will bring 60 students to the Mayhew location in the fall.
Jill Savely, who will be the principal of the new school when it opens later this year, spoke to members of the West Point Rotary Club Thursday regarding current updates to the school.

MORA at NMMC to raise awareness for organ donation

April 17, 2015

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

No one wants to think about organ donations while they are young, healthy and living life to the fullest. But organ donation is a kind, selfless action that can help so many people. According to the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA,) 123,000 people are on a waiting list for a donor organ. In the state of Mississippi that number is 1,400. Each day, 18 people die waiting for a transplant. Just one donor can save the lives of up to eight people and enhance the lives of more than 50 others, according to MORA.

WPPD investigating armed robbery, burglaries

April 17, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department investigators are looking for information on an alleged armed robbery from the early hours of yesterday morning, in addition to other robberies from the past week.
About 1 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to Regions Bank on the corner of East Main and 4th Street in reference to an alleged armed robbery at the night deposit box. According to the incident report, the manager of a local business arrived at the bank to make an after-hours deposit and was held up before the bag could be dropped in the night deposit box.

April 10th

Highway Commissioner talks road improvements

April 10, 2015

BY WILLIAM B. CARROLL
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The focus of Mississippi’s future should be on its infrastructure, according to Mississippi Northern District Highway Commissioner and congressional hopeful Mike Tagert. Tagert, who was the guest speaker at the West Point Rotary Club Thursday, outlined what he said was a positive legislative session for the Department of Transportation.
Tagert said that during the session, the legislature took a close look at the laws and rules relating to contracts, specifically what represents an emergency contractual arrangement.

Prairie man gets 20 years for sexual battery

April 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A Monroe County man was sentenced to 20 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections after being found guilty of sexual battery during the Clay County Circuit Court term Thursday.
Theodis Randle, 49, of Prairie, was charged with the March 2010 rape of a Columbus woman, and found guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial, and sentenced by Circuit Judge Lee Coleman Thursday. Coleman said that the maximum sentence for the offense was 30 years.

Clay County supes split on EMCC appointment

April 10, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to appoint former sheriff Laddie Huffman to serve on the East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees at its meeting Thursday, which caused some disagreement among the supervisors.
The board originally voted to appoint Huffman at its Monday meeting, replacing Jim Murray, who serves as that board's vice chairman.
State statute requires the board of supervisors from each of EMCC's participating counties to appoint two members for the school's board.

April 9th

OHA headmaster leaving for Heritage

April 9, 2015

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

After three years as headmaster for Oak Hill Academy, Yandell Harris will leave the school for a basketball coaching position at Heritage Academy at the end of the school year.
Heritage Athletic Director Barrett Donahoe said the Columbus private school hired Harris Friday to coach girls basketball and teach history. Harris had previously coached boys basketball for 25 years at Heritage.

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